Governor Robert Bentley has a declared a State of Emergency for all 67 Alabama counties as a result of severe weather impacting the state.
By declaring a State of Emergency, the Governor authorizes the Alabama Emergency Management Agency and other state agencies to assist communities and make the appropriate assessments of damage.
Tornados, severe thunderstorms, hail, and straight line winds have begun moving into the state. There are at least seven counties reporting damage with the most extensive damage in Jefferson and Chilton counties.
“Our Emergency Management Agency will continue to monitor this severe weather and will be prepared for any potential impact on our communities. State agencies are on call and ready to assist communities,” said Governor Robert Bentley. “I urge Alabamians to heed weather warnings to protect their families, homes and businesses. The severe weather outbreak of last year is still fresh on our minds and is a reminder that we must take the threat of severe weather seriously.”
The State Emergency Operations Center has upgraded its activation level. Additional staff is on hand to monitor the system, as well as monitoring for potential resource requests from Alabama counties.
— INFORMATION SOURCE: Governor’s Press Office
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) –
Two have been confirmed dead and many others are dealing with severe damage on Monday after a line of storms moved through Central Alabama.
At the intersection of Winewood Rd and Highway 79 in Birmingham in the Center Point area, a possible tornado moved through the area around 4:00 a.m. Birmingham police were observed in the area inspecting damage and looking for possible victims around 5:00 a.m. A credit union and barbershop in the area received severe damage along with a few other buildings.
Rescuers have set up a triage site at the Winn Dixie in Center Point on Old Springville Road. Workers will use this site as a launching point for search and rescue.
Matt Angelo with the Center Point Fire Department has listed the injury count at 12 people. This includes one man who was trapped in the rubble of his home. He has been freed and is being treated for a head injury.
Jefferson County Commissioner Jimmie Stephens says the coroner has been called to the Pinson area, but gave no other details.
The storm was originally spotted in Tuscaloosa County after 3:00 a.m. It is believed that it moved through Jefferson County into St. Clair County. Multiple reports of damage have been made from the storm’s path. Numerous power lines are down, many trees have fallen and several homes are damaged. Cities reported damage at this time are: Birmingham, Center Point, Grayson Valley, Clay and Argo.
The Chilton County EMA is reporting heavy damage in their area. Currently, they are having trouble getting to damage in Maplesville. Blockages on Highway 22 have caused the problem. Chilton County is asking for Dallas County and Bibb County to help Maplesville. Also, a large number of mobile homes at a mobile home park in Clanton have been damaged. Fortunately, no injuries have been reported. Currently, the Chilton County EMA phone lines are being flooded with donation offers. The EMA asks that those who are willing to donate supplies please wait until responders know what is needed.
Power outages have been reported to tens of thousands. Several school systems and daycares have closed or delayed due to these outages. For a complete list of closings, visit MyFoxClosings.com.
To report a power outage, call it in to 800-888-2726, or report it on your smartphone.
Clearview Baptist Church, located at 5371 Old Springville Road, will be offering food and shelter to anyone dealing with storm damage. The church is located near the subdivisions in Clay that were directly hit by the storms. For more info, call 205-854-2070 or call Pastor Robbie Weems at 205-617-1277.
To view storm damage photos.